Scenes around Madrid

For the last word on seven spectacular days in Madrid back in October, I present an assortment of the sights that didn’t end up in anything else I’ve written since my visit.   Here is a pictorial essay on some odds and ends from Madrid, a city that captivated me.

The quaint street of our apartment in La Latina, well away from the throngs of tourists – Calle San Isidro Labrador:

Calle San Isidro Labrador

Around the corner from our apartment, this was the view we had every day and night on the walk home from the subway after being out on the town – Real Basilica de San Francisco el Grande:

Real Basilica de San Francisco el Grande

Also near our apartment, the Catedral de la Almudena:

Catedral de la Almudena

The charming square, Plaza de la Villa, about halfway between Plaza Mayor and our apartment:

Plaza de la Villa

Speaking of Plaza Mayor, here is the perpetually busy square with the statue of King Philip III in the centre:

Plaza Mayor

In the Plaza de España on the last day of our trip taking a moment to appreciate the monument to Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra:

Plaza de España and monument to Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

The ancient Temple of Debod was dismantled in southern Egypt, moved to Madrid, and reconstructed to both preserve it from the threat of flooding after the construction of the Aswan High Dam and as a thank you to Spain for helping to save the temples in Abu Simbel:

Temple of Debod

The view from Parque del Oeste on a perfect late October day:

Madrid

And finally, on the last night in Madrid, from the  window of our hotel room, overlooking the Puerta del Sol during a labour protest in the square:

Plaza Puerta del Sol

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